Gutman Vasiliou, LLP
We are a law firm with an eye on the future with state-of-the-art technology and experienced attorneys. We maintain strong relationships with experts in special education including neuropsychologists, behavior analysts, speech language pathologists, and more.
Hiring a lawyer doesn't have to be a struggle. You shouldn't have to comb through pages and pages of complicated retainer documents, file forms and data sheets, or be dragged through a system you don't know or understand. We employ a client-centered approach. Our attorneys have one goal in mind - getting the client what they're entitled to.
Mark Gutman, Partner
Mark graduated from St. John's University School of Law and was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award for his work in the Criminal Defense Clinic. Upon being admitted to the New York State Bar, Mark began practicing criminal defense and represented individuals accused of crimes, as well as students facing suspension or expulsion all throughout NYC and Long Island. It was during his time in these disciplinary hearings where he discovered his passion for education law and ensuring that every child asserts their right to an education.
After working as an associate attorney and then a supervising attorney at the largest special education firm in the country, Mark opened up his own practice carrying on the same kind of work. His focus is on avoiding lengthy settlement disputes and ongoing adjournments and diving directly into litigation in order to provide the best results for his clients.
Mark also currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law where he continues to coach and judge students in Moot Court competitions. When he is not practicing law, Mark teaches Youth Thai Boxing in Astoria, Queens.
In 2022, Mark Gutman has obtained a CAS (Certified Autism Specialist) certification from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As of April 2022, Gutman Vasiliou LLP is the only law firm with attorneys in NY to have obtained this qualification.
Shorty after launching Gutman Vasiliou, LLP, Mark Gutman was selected to the SuperLawyers 2022 New York Metro Rising Stars List, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of attorneys in the New York Metro area. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process consisting of 12 indicators of professional achievement including verdicts, experience, honors/awards, pro bono service, and more.
Anthoula Vasiliou, Partner
Anthoula graduated summa cum laude from Fordham College at Rose Hill (B.A. in Sociology and International Political Economy) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D.). At Fordham Law, Anthoula was a Stein Scholar in the Public Interest and a recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award. Anthoula served as the President of the Education Law Collaborative and Director of the Fordham chapter of the Suspension Representation Project. She also volunteered as a high school debate coach for Legal Outreach and was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal.
Anthoula’s focus on education law throughout her legal studies fostered a passion for working with families, particularly in underserved communities, to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education. Anthoula is a native of Queens, New York and speaks Greek fluently.
Katie Whiting, Advocate & Law Clerk
Katie is the firm’s advocate and law clerk, helping to ensure that children are provided the services they need before, during, and after litigation. She graduated from the College of Charleston before working as a teacher in Vietnam. Following her return to the United States, she moved to New York and began working as a legal writer at the Appellate Law Office of Stephen N. Preziosi, drafting appellate briefs and motions before every court in New York State as well as the federal courts including the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Katie is currently a law student at New York Law School, where she is attending on a full merit scholarship. Her focus throughout her life has been in education and the law, and working to help ensure that children are properly evaluated and properly placed is the perfect synergy of her life’s passions. Outside her work in the education and legal fields, Katie practices yoga and enjoys working on her Spanish and Portuguese language skills.